(UPDATE: Added a link to a better view of one mailer. Also added another mailer.)
We’re in the final stretch before voters hit the polls tomorrow, which means the last-ditch mailers have been hitting mailboxes. Some of those have been sent by Vice Mayor Paul Canepa and City Councilwoman Kathy Miller in their contest for the District 2 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
Miller’s campaign has a Monopoly-themed mailer that unfolds into a poster-sized game board, with all the well-known properties replaced with Stockton locations. (Waterworks is Stockton Municipal Utilities District. Boardwalk is Brookside.)
At the center of the board is a list of the 2012 cost to provide pay and benefits to Stockton police employees. We’ve seen the list in a previous mailer. The current mailer reads: “For decades, Stockton public safety unions played Monopoly with taxpayers’ money. Kathy Miller championed fiscal reforms that helped dismantle Stockton’s $200,000 club — the elite club of Stockton police employees who earned more than $200,00 per year.” It goes on to tout Miller’s role in the fiscal reform at the city.
Both mailers are a response to an independent-expenditure group — Law Enforcement for a Safe San Joaquin — which has been supporting Canepa by attacking Miller with its own ads.
The last time Miller used those figures in a campaign mailer, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said it was a blow to department morale and made it harder to recruit much-needed officers.
Jones’ concerns resurfaced in a new mailer from the Canepa campaign. One side of the mailer focuses on the Jones response, and the other highlights Canepa’s position on crime, including his support of building modular units to add capacity at the San Joaquin County Jail. It’s an issue that has split candidates, and not just in this race.
(UPDATE: Here’s a link to an image of the Stockton Monopoly mailer that’s a clearer than my photos.
Here’s the Monopoly poster (click the thumbs for a larger image):
More from that:
And here is the Canepa mailer:
(UPDATE: Added a mailer sent by District 4 Candidate Manuel Lopez. He’s running against Chuck Winn and Russ Munson.)
Here’s a mailer that recently went out, according to the Lopez campaign.
Here’s a link to the uncompressed file.